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Table 1: Staffing Requirements

Age 18-60, depends on health of person and context of centre. Combination of mature and younger persons.
Attributes and skills Patience, loving nature, high standard of cleanliness, ability to work in a team. Understanding of, and ability to work with, young children. Supervisor should have knowledge of administration, management skills and financial skills.
Health Staff appointed must be medically examined before being employed. Staff with infections, illness, must refrain from working with children and food (this does not necessarily mean termination of services).
Culture Knowledge and respect of culture of children.
Training and experience All staff should be completing or have completed a basic level training course from a recognized agency covering health, safety, nutrition, child development, administration skills including job description and crisis management. Supervisors/person in charge should have at least a standard 88 or equivalent (and have an understanding of working with adults). Staff development programs are important. In-service training is important.
Language Mother tongue of child. Knowledge of other languages in an area to introduce to the children.
Staff/child ratios
  • House ( mixed age groups) 1:6
  • House with additional structures on residential property, daycare centre or hall:

0-18 months  1:6

19 months – 3 years 1: 15

3 years 1 month – 6 years 1:25

After school centre 1 :35

Ratios assessed according space as laid out in the premises category of this document.


How many children can a day-care centre accommodate before registering the business?

If there are five children or less you do not need to register the business. However, once there are six or more children you have to register.

When should a day-care centre be registered?

You only need to register a day-care centre if there are six or more children.

Registering your daycare

First you have to register the business as an NPO (Non Profit Organisation). Once you have a NPO certificate, then you can register the day-care centre with the Department of Social Development.

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